Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities / Edition 1

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Accessible, timely, and stimulating, the Fourth Edition provides a comprehensive analysis of the key ideas, theories, and applications in the field viewed through the metaphor of a kaleidoscope. Focusing on contemporary contributions to the field while incorporating classical and theoretical arguments, this collection of creative articles by top scholars explains how the complex, evolving patterns of gender are constructed interpersonally, institutionally, and culturally.

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Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Keys
“In a substantial theoretical introduction, Spade and Valentine move their discussion forward by introducing their kaleidoscope metaphor which is comprised of the “prisms” of culture…that intersect to produce patterns of difference and systems of privilege. Because it captures the fluidity and uniqueness of the intricate patterns, the kaleidoscope is a valuable analytical tool. Though it enters a terrain already littered with terminology, this “prismatic” understanding of gender has great potential for transforming current conceptualizations.”
Linda Grant
“I have found Spade and Valentine’s Kaleidoscope of Gender to be the most effective reader that I have used in my undergraduate Sociology of Gender class, and I was delighted to see what promises to be an even better second edition that recently arrived.”
Framingham State College - Julia Zoino-Jeannetti
Praise for the Second Edition
"Overall, the organization of the text is accessible, thought-provoking and thorough, and presents a variety of perspectives within an effective organizing framework that, in itself, advances the discussion on gender and offers fruitful directions for ongoing research...This reader offers a wealth of resources to address the multiple ways to look at significant ideas in the study of gender."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534575847
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/6/2003
  • Series: The Wadsworth Sociology Reader Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Z. Spade is professor emerita of sociology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, in Brockport, New York. She received her PhD from the University of Buffalo. She has been teaching and writing in the field for more than 30 years: highlights include a semester teaching in Budapest, Hungary, as a Fulbright Scholar, and authoring articles on rape culture, meaning of work in men’s and women’s lives, gender and family, and gender in education. She is a coauthor of Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education, coeditor of Implementing Educational Reform: Sociological Perspectives on Educational Policy, and coauthor of articles in sociol­ogy of education on stratification and grouping practices in education. Currently she is researching academic governance in higher educa­tion. She is a member of the ASA, the Eastern Sociological Society, and Sociologists for Women in Society.

Catherine (Kay) G. Valentine is professor emerita of sociology at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University and her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. Kay taught a wide range of courses, such as sociology of gender, senior seminar in sociology, sociology of bodies and emotions, sociology of consumerism, and human sexuality. Her publications include articles on teaching sociology, women’s bodies and emotions, gender and qualitative research, and the sociology of art museums. She is the founding director of women’s studies at Nazareth College and long-time member of the American Sociological Association and Sociologists for Women in Society. She has also served as president of the New York State Sociological Association. Kay and her life partner, Paul J. Burgett, University of Rochester vice president and professor of music, are devotees of the arts and world travel.

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Table of Contents

Gender as a Social Structure: Theory Wrestling With Activism - Barbara J. Risman
What It Means to Be Gendered Me - Betsy Lucal
Beyond Pink and Blue - Sharon E. Preves
The Trouble With Testosterone - Robert Sapolsky
Men Who Strike and Men Who Submit: Hegemonic and Marginalized Masculinities in Mixed Martial Arts - Akihiko Hirose and Kay Kei-ho Pih
Multiple Genders Among North American Indians - Serena Nanda
Intersectionality: A Transformative Paradign in Feminist Theory and Social Justice - Bonnie Thornton Dill and Maria H. Kohlman
"I Was Aggressive for the Streets, Pretty for Pictures": Gender, Difference and the Inner City Girl - Nikki Jones
Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities: “Doing” Gender Across Cultural Worlds - Karen D. Pyke and Denise L. Johnson
Intersectionality in a Transnational World - Bandana Purkayastha
“It’s Only a Penis”: Rape, Feminism, and Difference - Christine Helliwell
Hyper-femininity as Decency: Beauty, Womanhood, and Respect in Emigration - Martina Cvajner
Nocturnal Queers: Rent Boys’ Masculinity in Istanbul - Cenk Ozbay
Reinventing Honorable Masculinity: Discourses From a Working-Class Indian Community - Annie George
Gender and Power - Maria Alexandra Lepowsky
What Gender Is Science? - Maria Charles
“No Way My Boys Are Going to Be Like That!” Parents’ Responses to Children’s Gender Nonconformity - Emily W. Kane
Gender in Twentieth-Century Children’s Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters - Janice McCabe, Emily Fairchild, Liz Grauerholz, Bernice A. Pescodolido, and Daniel Tope
“Do It for all Your Pubic Hairs!”: Latino Boys, Masculinity, and Puberty - Richard Mora
“Barbie Dolls” on the Pitch: Identity Work, Defensive Othering, and Inequality in Women’s Rugby - Matthew B. Ezzell
The Pink Dragon Is Female: Halloween Costumes and Gender Markers - Adie Nelson
Performing Third World Poverty: Racialized Femininities in Sex Work - Kimberly Hoang
Firming the Floppy Penis: Age, Class, and Gender Relations in the Lives of Old Men - Toni Calasanti and Neal King
Nennu and Shunnu: Gender, Body Politics, and the Beauty Economy in China - Jie Yang
Is He Boyfriend Material? Representation of Males in Teenage Girls’ Magazines - Kirsten B. Firminger
Size 6: The Western Woman’s Harem - Fatema Mernissi
Individual Bodies, Collective State Interests: The Case of Israeli Combat Soldiers - Orna Sasson-Levy
Equal Opportunity Objectification? The Sexualization of Men and Women on the Cover of Rolling Stone - Erin Hatton and Mary Nell Trautner
“If It’s Not On, It’s Not On”—Or Is It? - Nicola Gavey, Kathryn McPhillips, and Marion Doherty
Emotions and Redefining Black Masculinity: Movement Narratives of Two Profeminist Organizers - Aaronette M. White and Tal Peretz
Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations - Joan Acker
Gendered Organizations in the New Economy - Christine Williams, Chandra Muller, and Kristine Kilanski
Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men’s Experiences With Women’s Work - Adia Harey Wingfield
Hard Drives and Glass Ceilings: Gender Stratification in High-Tech Production - Steven C. McKay
Mommies and Daddies on the Fast Track in Other Wealthy Nations - Gwen Moore
Moral Dilemmas, Moral Strategies, and the Transformation of Gender: Lessons From Two Generations of Work and Family Change - Kathleen Gerson
Thinking About Gender and Power in Marriage - Veronica Jaris Tichenor
Youth Privilege: Doing Age and Gender in Russia’s Single-Mother Families - Jennifer Utrata
Mothers, Fathers, and “Mathers”: Negotiating a Lesbian Co-Parental Identity - Irene Padavic and Jonniann Butterfield
Fathering, Class, and Gender: A Comparison of Physicians and Emergency Medical Technicians - Carla Shows and Naomi Gerstel
Gendered or Gender-Neutral Care Politics for Fathers?” - Berit Brandth and Elin Kvande
Gendered Sexuality in Young Adulthood: Double Binds and Flawed Options - Laura Hamilton and Elizabeth A. Armstrong
Separating the Men From the Moms: The Making of Adult Gender Segregation in Youth Sports - Michael A. Messner and Suzel Bozada-Deas
Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men’s Accounts of Domestic Violence - Kristin L. Anderson and Debra Umberson
Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of “Girl Watching” - Beth A. Quinn
Feminist Flows, Feminist Fault Lines: Women’s Machineries and Women’s Movements in Latin America - Lynne Phillips and Sally Cole
Transnational Feminist Advocacy Online: Identity (Re)Creation Through Diversity, Transparency, and Co-Construction - Suzy D’Enbeau
Some Things We Need for a Feminist Revolution - Nina Nijsten
Native American Feminism, Sovereignty, and Social Change - Andrea Smith
Change Among the Gatekeepers: Men, Masculinities, and Gender Equality in the Global Arena - R. W. Connell
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